Periodontal Therapy in Oak Ridge

Professional Periodontist Care

At Dental Care of North Carolina, we are dedicated to providing quality periodontal care in the state of North Carolina. We feel it's important for you to know what a periodontist is so that you know exactly what services we provide. The primary expertise of a periodontist near me is the placement of dental implants, the treatment of oral infections and inflammation, and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontitis. Our dentist at Dental Care of North Carolina, Dr. Gross, can perform periodontal therapy and get your teeth and gums back to good health.

What Is Periodontitis and What Are the Signs I Need a Periodontist?

More commonly known as gum disease, periodontitis is a serious infection in your gums that is caused by inflammation from the growth of oral bacteria around your teeth and along the gumline. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth decay and deterioration of the jawbone and eventually tooth loss. The most common symptoms include:

  • Receding gums
  • Chronic Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Red, swollen or puffy gums
  • Tender gums
  • Pink-tinged toothbrush that occurs after brushing

Periodontitis is diagnosed in four stages based upon the extent of the damage to the jawbone and surrounding gum tissue. The four stages include:

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis - This is the most mild stage. Your gums may feel inflamed or tender and may bleed when brushed. Plaque deposits may form both around the teeth and at the gumline. If these plaque deposits are not promptly removed, they may cause infection and inflammation of the gums.
  • Stage 2: Slight Periodontitis - During this stage, you may experience slight damage to your lower jaw. Other symptoms may be present but not noticeable.
  • Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis - At this stage, moderate damage to the lower jaw has occurred, and your teeth will begin to feel loose.
  • Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis - Significant damage has been done to the lower jaw. Your teeth will feel extremely loose, and you may experience pain when biting or chewing. Extensive oral surgery will be required to repair the damage at this stage.

There are also other forms of periodontitis. These include:

  • Aggressive Periodontitis - This type of periodontal disease is more of an emergency because it can progress very rapidly. Children and people in early adulthood are more susceptible to this type of gum disease.
  • Necrotizing Periodontitis - This is a rare type of periodontal disease typically associated with HIV, malnutrition, immunosuppression (suppressed or compromised immune system), family history, and other risk factors. Soft tissue destruction occurs via a rapid infestation of two specific types of bacteria. Some symptoms include deep oral pain near the periodontal ligament or alveolar crest located deep within the gums, blackened gum tissue (gum necrosis), lymph gland enlargement, and possibly a low-grade fever.
  • Systemic Periodontitis - This type of gum disease is believed to be linked to other systemic diseases, most notably diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. The symptoms are exactly the same as with normal periodontitis.

Where Can I Find a Professional Periodontist Near Me?

If you find yourself searching for "periodontists near me" and live in North Carolina, Dental Care of North Carolina has you covered. We have two locations strategically located in Morrisville and Greensboro. Contact us to schedule an appointment. We will make sure you're taken care of.